Eyeglass Frames for Your Natural Colouring
When you know your colours, you step into a themed world, decorated with all the things you wear, from eyeliner to boots.
The theme is Your Natural Colours, the colours that are in you right now.
Group your colours into a palette and they’re called Your Season.
In an earlier post, we talked about choosing pink/red/wine for hair colours. We compared it to wearing your reds (or lipstick shades) as hair colour. Those are the reds that will look great next to your skin because they’re already in your skin. Your Season always has your back.
A question that colour analysts hear often is:
Can’t I just wear what I Iike?
It’s like asking: “Can’t I just eat what I like?”
Well, sure you can, but many agree that curating their diet is the smarter option.
Your colours are a curated menu of what looks great next to you.
Imagine you want to paint your front door. Does anybody go to the store and pick whatever colour they like that day?
Decorating ourselves is the same. Our colours may not seem obviously different from those of others, but they totally are. Human perception is wildly sensitive to the colours of humans. People notice people. Evolution made it into a survival skill, embedded deep in our brains. Colour is among our strongest reactions, those over which we have the least control. Think of a mother protecting her child.
When colours are placed next to ours, the good, the bad, and the other are not subtle at all. A recent model for a training course picked it up with the first drapes. Within 10 minutes, she said,
The only drape that gave my eye any colour was True Winter.She was 100% right. In every other colour, her dark pine green and steely gray eyes faded obviously to beige, near her skin colour. Things stayed that way for the next 90 minutes of the colour analysis.
Picture you’re back at the paint store and there’s a decorator standing next to you. She might say, “I like your idea of a red but that one is so blue. Next to the cream of the house, the door will look like a bruise. How about this soft coral over here?”
Knowing your colours is like having that decorator standing next to you, feeding you tips about what to buy and what to leave at the store.
Today, let’s put PCA to work and choose eyeglass frames.
Earrings and Eyeglasses
Be wise about eyes. They are THE focal point. Our entire communication centres around eyes. Others look to them to see if we believe what we’re saying, and if they should.
Eyes are the front door of our being, the access point to who we are. We want our eyeglasses to look great, fresh, elegant, and hip on our face without taking the total impression off balance.
Eyeglasses are like earrings in that the viewer sees us and them at the same time. We enjoy being the viewer best when the feeling is smooth and belonging.
In your themed world, the same colours apply to every choice. Wander over to the Shop on this website and have a look at the earrings and other accessories. If you form impressions of what the items have in common, apply them to your eyeglasses. A practical way of doing this is to insert your choice of frames into the gallery for your Season. If they slide in and look terrific, not at all awkward or distracting, you’re doing great.
A favourite way I have of choosing earrings (or eyeglass frames): Place an enlarged photo of the eye on one side of the screen. As I scan products, I think about how they look together. You might notice a sense of connecting or bridging across, as if they share something or that they light one another up. You may feel a tug of relationship, like when you see people who are biologically related.
The goal is always the same: to look better together in an even relationship. One way to sense an equal relationship among colours when shopping is that the viewer’s attention would be divided evenly if they were part of the same outfit.
When you choose a colour, stay within your Season palette. Colour is too complex to match colours to what we (think we) see. Your Season palette knows what’s really there.
In the earring galleries, choices don’t apply equally to everyone. Eyeglasses are the same. We are all individuals within our Season. That said, colour-wise, people in the same Season have tons in common. Your 12 BLUEPRINTS colour analyst can help you navigate particular choices because they observed your individual colouring and your colour reactions (what happened when colours were placed next to yours).
A couple of divergences between earrings and eyeglasses:
Whereas jewelry might be fine to be a little bright or experimental, eyeglasses that compete or distract may speak for us in a conversation. That’s fine if you planned for others to interact with the eyeglasses as a fashion statement, with readers (cheaters), for example. If you want to draw attention to your eyes, best to keeps the glasses quieter. If the viewer is a human, they can only see colours and shapes relatively. If one is more, the other is less. No choice about that.
Fan out your colour palette and pretend that’s you. Lay the glasses right on top. Is it comfortable to look at both at the same time? If one takes over and you’re ignoring the other, it might be good to try some more frames. Sitting in front of and around the eyes, if one is a little more visible, I’d rather it be the palette (person) than the glasses. There are examples of eyeglass frames in the Pinterest galleries for the 12 Seasons as well.
Earrings are worn off to the side and may be quite small in size, giving more latitude than glasses, a larger item framing the front door. Accessories, including earrings, are the better place to play with brightness and experimental shape. Humans are not coloured with gemstone pigments, but every Season has places to play in their version of colour edges. Ask your colour analyst or read your Season chapter in the e-book library.
Shine is fine and easy. Most important is that the feeling stay warm. True and Light Spring are never hard (read rigid or tough), and even Bright Spring is only barely sharp. Even in the highest shine, the effect is sunny beach to sunny resort. Notice the difference between bright and severe. For one thing, in the context of Spring, bright feels happy.
In attire, Spring-coloured people look great wearing lively colour, with two or more colours together at the same time. In cosmetics, colours are radiant and glowing. For glasses, colour done in plastic can step in front of us, and several colours even more so. If you want a bright colour, consider a neutral or single colour for the front and brighter multicolours for the bars, or save the brightest colours for your accessories.
Transparency is attractive on any colouring with Spring’s influence, in jewelry and makeup. A matte finish can help soften a brighter colour, still staying bright enough to balance the palette, as in the image above.
Stay within the light to dark range of your palette. Don’t go too dark. Lightness is a colour dimension of the 3 Springs and Light Summer, who also have a little Spring. For the Light Seasons, ‘Light’ doesn’t mean near-white. You could look at it as, the dark colours are still pretty light.
Don’t go too light or the look may be sharp or the frames be separate from the face. By separate from the face, what I mean is this: we want the colours we wear to enhance us in several ways, as many as possible, come to think of it. One is to look healthy and belonging with the colours in our face. Another is to balance our colours. If the clothes are weaker than the face, the clothing looks lifeless when we wear it and our head seems to have separated from the rest of the body, the definition of not grounded. Glasses that are weak don’t seem quite anchored either and can look like they’re floating around. Stay inside your colour palette and you will be fine. The medium ranges are safe bets.
For True Spring, consider blonde tortoiseshell, which comes to mind as one of the best frame-person matches I know. This is usually an Autumn-associated style, but True Spring and True Autumn have certain similarities, which gives them occasional crossover for the colours that serve well in their wardrobe.
This is delicate colour, like adding water to syrup. Consider Crystal frames.
Rimless frames often look terrific, better on Summer than anyone by taking weight off the impression and it feels good. Summer colours won’t argue back, they’ll just walk away peacefully and let the item think it won. This may be one of the strategies by which they maintain their emotional baseline so well.
A chalky look is also great, chalk being an opaque material that is light in weight. No application to glasses, but cork would be the warmer version for the Soft Seasons, people coloured with Summer and Autumn together.
Rather than try to match the eye colour, which can look a little planned, choose analogous colours. These are the next-door neighbour colours on a colour wheel, which look fabulous and amazing when Summer-coloured people wear them. If eyes are blue, choose violet or turquoise, and eyes look even bluer. If eyes seem green, choose blue and the green gets greener.
Get to know gray. In the Summer groups, neutral colours are similar to colour colours, like continuations of each other. Blued gray slips into soft blue. Use either one. The neutral colours have a fair bit of colour pigment and Summers and Soft Seasons have the magical talent of making soft colour look colourful, alive, and energetic.
Patterns with colour flows are beautiful. Watercolours, swirls, the feeling of serenity.
The Spring part of Light Summer means these colours look a touch bouncy, but keep in mind, this is Summer and colours are still softened. Brushed metal and translucent plastic are great. If you’re going to do colour, and aqua blue is beautiful, don’t crowd the eyes with the shape.
Autumns are glorious in earth tones. They’re more glorious than they realize anytime, but earth tones done right hit a new high. Matching eyeglass frames to eye or hair colours can work well, since Autumns are naturally coloured that way. Hair colour can often be found in the eyes, and oppositely, colours in the eyes can be a great guide for choosing highlights. Not so much for other Seasons, where eyes are blue, gray, turquoise, or a version of brown that is not as warm as it looks (think of Meghan Markle).
Tortoiseshell. Like black for Winters, it comes in every style. Also like black for Winters, choose something that looks expensive so the item doesn’t become too much part of the background.
Get to know olive, a beautiful and underused neutral for Autumn that comes in a wide light to dark range.
A metallic element in earth toned colours like copper, gold, or bronze is entirely at home with the natural coppery quality of the skin, as it is in lipstick or gloss. A vein of gold turns eyeglasses into jewelry. (Want to see coppery skin and eyes? Watch Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. When he’s on the screen with other people, compare their skin colours. Hard to believe, but I could do this for hours.)
Brushed textures are as good as shine, and perhaps better surrounding the eyes. With their Winter influence, Dark Autumn balances the sharper reflections of shine fairly well, but white is no Autumn’s happy place, which happens when shine is too sharp. All Autumns are great in slightly dulled surfaces. Let your eyes be the shiny thing.
Darkness matters for Autumn to slim the facial contours. Without it, the person looks a bit like they slept on their face. The way we said for the Light colours above that dark colours are light, here, and especially for Dark Autumn, we might say that the light colours are dark relative to the other groups. Even gold has a darker feel. Compare the True Spring and True Autumn earrings.
Full frames often balance the face better than rimless, which may seem flimsy. Spring and Summer colours don’t compete; they don’t bother. Winter loves it, will try, and will often win. What they wear has to meet them where they walk, or the attire can look weak and the person, tough. All relative, right? In a futuristic design, with or without a metallic component, rimless can be great for that kind of person, especially a Bright Winter, an overall lighter group.
Here’s the thing about coloured frames: Winter colours are bright. In plastic, the brightness can step in front of human colouring, so now folks are talking to your glasses. Purple may be one the best colour options, with its tendency to be disappear yet remain effective for enhancing Winter faces. Add dark brown to this category, a dark colour with purple influence for all three Winters. (The particular version for each Season may be found in the Neutrals Sets).
The other thing about coloured frames: Winters wearing many colours at once can reduce the meaning of each colour. Sure, there are multicolour prints and how many colours at once depends on the busy-ness of the person and their natural colouring, but a lot of colour starts getting frivolous. The magic and wealth of the look relies on being fairly colour-quiet, like winter scenery. In a black, white, and gray background, the single bright colour packs the punch. Adding two bright colours, the berry on the branch plus a green leaf or two, halves the impact of each one.
In this era of custom colouring, an interesting way of adding interest to all-black frames is to add an area of colour only in the lower edge. Dark green or blue-purple are often great choices. A recent (brown-eyed) client has a beautiful icy fuchsia colour in her natural blush, not too light and slightly silvery. Since she wears little cosmetics, this is a nice way of enhancing the natural cheek colour without adding too much colour to the overall impression.
Sharper shine is absorbed into the appearance. Add a silver element. I often prefer silver for metals that will be seen with the teeth, even for the slightly warm Winters of Dark and Bright Winter, and again if hair is silver, but it’s not a rule. Whiter or pale yellow gold is fine too. Depends on the person, just a point to keep in mind.
Get to know your navy blue. There is usually navy blue within the blue-ish eyes of all Winters. Or, it looks great with the emerald of many Bright Winter eyes, and makes a fabulous complement (read, eye colour intensifier) for the yellow, orange, and brown tones in the eyes of the 3 Winter groups. Next to Winter, blue will read as a colour but navy is also neutral enough to allow colour in lipstick and clothes without looking too colourful.
An excellent black or gray is a good choice, leaving space for a bright colour in cosmetics or attire. Only next to Winter colouring can black be balanced. Keep the style chic, whatever that means relative to your face, for the frames to be a lot more than functional.